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German Booker, 25

German Booker, a 25-year-old black man, was shot and killed May 23 in the 9500 block of Flower Street in Bellflower, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 7:45 p.m., three black men entered a barber shop with hoodies over their heads and opened fire without saying anything, said Det. David Gunner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Four people were injured in the shooting.  Booker, the manager of the shop, was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:30 p.m., according to coroner’s records. Kenneth Mills, a customer of the shop, was also killed.

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For the Record

March 15, 3 p.m.: A previous version of this report said that Mills was a manager of the barbershop and Booker was a customer. Booker was the manager and Mills was the customer.

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An 18-year-old man and a 30-year-old man were expected to survive their injuries.

The barber shop was open for business at the time, but witnesses fled the scene. Gunner declined to state the motive for the shooting, but said that it was not a robbery.

Anyone with information about the incident can call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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